Find the best place to stay — Santa Cruz

Where to stay around Santa Cruz?

Our 2018 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,237 holiday lettings near Santa Cruz. From 799 apartments to 249 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Santa Cruz is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Santa Cruz?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Santa Cruz. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Santa Cruz Beach: 1,541 holiday lettings
  • Madeira Congress Center: 2,272 holiday lettings
  • Madeira Casino: 2,245 holiday lettings
  • Funchal Marina: 2,249 holiday lettings
  • Madeira Stadium: 2,183 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Santa Cruz listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent apartments in Santa Cruz?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 799 apartments in Santa Cruz. Our other popular types of Santa Cruz holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 249 self catering accommodations
  • Villas: 112 self catering accommodations
  • Cottages: 16 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including campervans and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Santa Cruz?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 333 holiday homes with pool available in Santa Cruz. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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    Make a holiday rental home or villa in Santa Cruz, Portugal your home away from home

    Santa Cruz is a town in the municipality of the same name, which lies on the eastern part of the island of Madeira, Portugal. Mountainous scenery, local markets, friendly restaurants and a high standard of living have made Santa Cruz town one of Madeira’s best kept secrets. This seaside town has a range of villas and apartments that offer great value holiday accommodation for both couples and families.

    Things to do in Santa Cruz, Portugal

    Santa Cruz is a relatively quiet seaside resort, which offers a welcome relief from the busier resort of Funchal. The pedestrianised waterfront is a popular area for relaxing and reading, and is just a short walk into the town centre, which has an array of shops, cafes and restaurants.

    Investment has been made into Santa Cruz in recent years, including the development of a 1,000 capacity water park, which consists of several fast rides, a lazy river, two swimming pools and a bar – where you can enjoy a glass of Portuguese wine once you have worn yourself out for the day.

    Golf is a popular pastime in Santa Cruz, and the course at nearby Santo de Serra is the location of the Madeira Open. The 27-hole course is set amongst the mountains, and offers breathtaking views. Playing a round at the course should be the number one thing to do whilst on holiday in the area.

    When it comes to beaches, there are plenty to choose from in the region. Praia das Palmeiras is located in the centre of Santa Cruz, and consists of a pebble beach and a pool area. The water quality is excellent and sports activities are available. Praia de sao Fernando is another pebble beach located nearby, and Praia de Machico is a newly-enhanced sandy beach which is also home to a selection of bars and restaurants.

    Places to visit on holiday in Santa Cruz, Portugal

    Santa Cruz town is excellently located, and offers quick access to many other parts of the island. Funchal is the chief city of the island, and a busy tourist location in the summer, with its busy port and bustling nightlife. Funchal lies just 5km from Santa Cruz town, whilst you can drive all the way to the other side of the island in well under an hour.

    Weather in Santa Cruz, Portugal

    Madeira Island has a mountainous landscape, and a geographical location that results in warm summers, which peak at between 25C and 30C most days. This makes a holiday rental between July and September the choice of many holidaymakers. Rainfall is higher in the winter months, but temperatures only drop a few degrees.

    Flights to Santa Cruz, Portugal

    Madeira International Airport (FNC) is the destination to fly to from the UK, and is located just 5km from Santa Cruz town. Flights are available through various operators, including budget operators easyJet, who fly from Gatwick and Stansted.

    Activities and attractions in Santa Cruz

    Are you searching for attractions to visit in the area? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and check out everything that Santa Cruz has to offer. These are some of the top attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

    • Santo da Serra Golf Club (3.3 mi / 5.2 km)
    • Quinta Da Junta (3.6 mi / 5.9 km)
    • Palheiro Golf Club (4.9 mi / 7.8 km)
    • Funchal Cable Car - Monte Station (6.2 mi / 10 km)
    • Funchal-Monte Teleferico (6.6 mi / 10.7 km)
    • PR11 Vereda dos Balcões (6.8 mi / 11 km)

    Seasonal weather in Santa Cruz

    If you're planning a holiday around warm-weather activities, August, September, October and July are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 25°F.

    Exploring the natural landscape of Santa Cruz

    Santa Cruz is famous for its pristine beaches and beautiful ocean views. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to appreciate the scenery, Santa Cruz is a great place to get out in nature. Here are some of the area’s most eye-catching features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

    • Palheiro Gardens (4.5 mi / 7.2 km)
    • Botanical Garden (6.1 mi / 9.7 km)
    • Monte Palace Gardens (6.3 mi / 10.1 km)
    • Santa Cruz Beach (0.8 mi / 1.3 km)
    • Reis Magos Beach (2.8 mi / 4.5 km)
    • Ponta da Oliveira (3.3 mi / 5.3 km)